Jackson lost his previous start on May 23 in Pittsburgh after a two-hour rain delay forced him to watch the rest of the game from the bench. Jackson had given up four runs in the first three innings and the Cubs wound up losing 4-2.
The veteran Cubs pitcher looked good on Tuesday, giving up just one hit while striking out three in 2.1 innings before the skies opened up.
“It is just one of those things,” said the unlucky Jackson. “Sometimes when you are having seasons like I have been having, that is how it is. It is kind of awkward -- back-to-back rainouts, that might be a first.”
Jackson, who signed a four-year, $52 million contract last winter, has been average to poor in most of his outings so far. He came into the game with a 1-7 record and a gaudy 6.11 ERA. He seemed to have better stuff on Tuesday.
“He came out throwing the ball real well with a lot of conviction,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “He had good velocity from the get-go, 92-93 mph cutters as well as his fastball at 96. That is the guy we want going out there all the time. He had 86-87 mph sliders and velocity (from the beginning).”
No makeup date has been set as of yet, but the teams have common off-days on June 24 with the Sox starting a homestand the next day and the Cubs in Milwaukee.